Finding My Sisterhood
During this time of year, I find that I often field questions about what it takes to lace up my shoes and hit the road (or trails) for a run. It's is a fair question.....and, here’s the answer:
I’m only a few years into this journey. I never was an athlete. For the first few decades of my life, I avoided running, of any kind, at all costs. I have, genuinely, grown to love running. It makes me feel physically strong and mentally at peace. It’s the time I take for myself to be my own person....an individual. Not a mother, wife, nurse, or coworker. But, a girl...a girl with dreams and goals.
I started running, on and off, about six years ago. At first, I was a solo runner. I did have some interest in finding a group to run with but, I felt very overwhelmed by all sorts of crazy insecure thoughts. Thoughts like; what if I can’t keep up? And, am I getting in over my head? So, for the first few years, I ran alone.
Three years ago, all that changed. While at the gym, a very spirited girl approached me. She had noticed I was wearing a runDisney shirt and said, “I see you’ve done Disney races. I’ve always wanted to do the Dopey Challenge. Do you want to do that with me?” I promptly said, “Yes!” And, to add even more unknown fun into the moment, she had a friend with her, and she too exclaimed that she’d love to join the venture. Soon after, we established weekly meetups to run together.
No matter if it’s rain, shine, or freezing cold, I look forward to my weekly meet-ups with my friends, my #badassladygang, for a run. I find that the sense of camaraderie and encouragement our group provides each other is the driving force that compels us the get out of bed and hit the road, even when it’s not ideal outside. Being part of a group holds us accountable to our goals. Finding these people to inspire, support, and push me is what makes it all worthwhile.
As the years have passed, we’ve continued this routine. Every week we make a plan for our long run meetup. We always start together and cheer each other to the finish. We typically break apart once we take off because we have different pace ranges and goals. But along the way, the hugs, high fives, and words of encouragement are bountiful. There's no judgment or competition between us. We're there to support each other in our pursuit of our personal best selves.
It’s truly a sisterhood.
I am so fortunate the Universe brought me these extraordinary friends. It’s changed the way I think about being a runner, giving me people to share the experience with. I look forward to many more years of miles with my girls.